Loosely following on from the previous two posts about coastal erosion, Upcott - a lovely Arts and Crafts style building dating from the late 1880s - is situated on Old Beer Road, part of which vanished during a cliff fall in 2012.
I took the first photo on a whim, whilst walking past a long time ago. The rest of the photos were taken in May 2012 - fortunately just a couple of months before the road was inaccessible - when I sneaked up some steps and along a side path on the other side of the property. Taking photos on the way was really lovely, partly for the fun of gradually sneaking up but also to see how the view of the building unfolded.
I found some interesting history about the building's beginnings from the website of Savills Properties, the estate agent, when It was up for sale, and which says in part...
to have been designed by David Carr, a renowned local Arts and Crafts
architect, it is understood that the property was built for a wealthy
I tried to find out more about the architect but the only thing I discovered was a reference to him having built Garlands House in the nearby village of Beer. He is described as being a famous architect and resident of Beer, and also belonging to the well-known Carr's Biscuits family.
The house eventually became a venue for holiday renting, which I wasn't aware of at the time of my visit, but before that it became Upcott Christian Centre. I know two of the people that ran the centre at that time and when my son was little we went there to the Mother & Toddler Group once a week. However, due to the increasing instability of the cliffs near to the road they decided to relocate in 2007.
There's a little potted history about them at Upcott, which you can read on their website here.
From the gate up to the house put me on private property so I didn't take any more until I could ask for permission. As it happens, no-one answered the door so I just took a few close-ups of the house from where I was and left it at that. There were a couple of people sitting in deckchairs on the distant lawn and I assumed they were visitors at the centre - not knowing the centre had moved - otherwise I could have asked them instead!
Like many buildings of Seaton, Beer and Axmouth, it was built using traditional local materials of flintstone together with quoins of limestone from the nearby Beer Quarry. Beer Stone was also used for the columns along the terrace which support the portico and veranda above that on the first floor. To the right is a balcony without lower supports and a turret on the left corner of the front elevation. On the gables this side - above left photo - are some lovely hanging tiles in red clay.
I did take these last two photos on the way out, though, to ensure I had enough of the whole building itself. And then enjoyed that lovely walk down the steps again. :)